Circle 3: Full schedule SS 2020 Hospitality & Solidarity

We’re proud to present to you the full schedule of the traces hosted by participants to study circle 3: Hospitality & Solidarity: Feminist Philosophy in Thought, History and Action

Please feel free to join us in one or more of our events. For more information: please visit our website with more detailed information on each program element and information on how to sign up.

Note: all sessions are free of charge. All times are Central European Time.

Circle 3 Full Schedule Summer Session 2020

Circle 3: Schedule Saturday 1 August 2020

All times in CET

Coffee

08:00 – 09:00 Morning Coffee

Join for informal opening of the day

 

 

 

 

09:30 – 11:30 Zoom date

Information will follow

NSU- Singlehood Poster -FINAL

12:00 – 13:30 Singlehood & Companionship (session 3)

The increased number of singles has invoked public discussions worldwide. Geopolitical, economic, and socio-cultural contexts influence the ways singlehood are perceived and experienced. Join one of or all three discussions on pre-assigned texts around singlehood.

14:00 – 15:30 The Future of the Feminist Philosophy: Hospitality & Solidarity study circle at NSU

Octavia316:30 – 18:00  Walk with Octavia E. Butler (Session 3)

What does it mean to be human? A great way to explore this question is through science fiction. And what better author to read, then Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006), whose work is not as  widely known as you’d expect. Her stories deal with questions about what it means to be human, what it means to be good, how we should lead our life. The stories deal with questions about power, because as she says “I began writing about power because I had so little.” She won several of the big science fiction prizes, and in her stories is not afraid to ask about what our future could or should be like. She breaks away from what we assume is the norm, not only in her stories, but also by daring to write science fiction in the first place. “Why aren’t there more S[cience] F[iction] Black writers? There aren’t because there aren’t. What we don’t see, we assume can’t be. What a destructive assumption.”

Join for a walk while listening to a story being read on Zoom & a discussion afterwards.

Circle 3: Schedule Thursday 30 July 2020

All times in CET

Coffee

08:00 – 09:00 Morning Coffee

Join for informal opening of the day

 

 

 

 

VirtualSolidarity09:00 – 10:30 Sustaining Virtual Solidarities

I invite participants for a journey to the disharmony within each of us, the feeling of “otherness” with our selves, and to attempt to practice hospitality towards it. Share a personal artifact – a story, a text that we have written or read, a photograph, or any other artifact which captures our experience of meeting with one of our own internal “others”.

READrevolutionTime12:00 – 13:30 Reading Circle: Revolutionary Time

The increased number of singles has invoked public discussions worldwide. Geopolitical, economic, and socio-cultural contexts influence the ways singlehood are perceived and experienced. Join one of or all three discussions on pre-assigned texts around singlehood.

Butler Thursday16:30 – 18:00 Walk with Octavia E. Butler (session 2)

Explore what it means to be human through science fiction. Walk while listening & discussing a short story by Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006). We will read together on Zoom, while each walking in our own worlds.

Circle 3: Schedule Wednesday 29 July 2020

All times in CET

Coffee

08:00 – 09:00 Morning Coffee

Join for informal opening of the day

 

 

 

Others09:30 – 11:30 Hosting Our Others

I invite participants for a journey to the disharmony within each of us, the feeling of “otherness” with our selves, and to attempt to practice hospitality towards it. Share a personal artifact – a story, a text that we have written or read, a photograph, or any other artifact which captures our experience of meeting with one of our own internal “others”.

NSU- Singlehood Poster -FINAL

12:00 – 13:30 Singlehood & Companionship (session 2)

The increased number of singles has invoked public discussions worldwide. Geopolitical, economic, and socio-cultural contexts influence the ways singlehood are perceived and experienced. Join one of or all three discussions on pre-assigned texts around singlehood.

Refugees16:30 – 18:00 The Refugee and the Problem of Hospitality

What is the refugee problem? What do we owe to refugees? Who is the ‘we’ that owe something to refugees? Is hospitality a matter of generosity or a matter of rights?

Those are some of the questions that will be addressed in this trace.

19:00 – 22:00 Traditional Evening: Reading a Play and Drinking Wine

Join in Turku or from your own home through Zoom..

One tradition in the NSU Feminist Circle has been to read a Play together. Sitting together on a beach or in nature, with wine, and everyone reads a part of the play out loud as long as (s)he likes, and then the next person takes over. Reading together, listening to each other’s voices, has been one of the highlights of the summer session. (At least, according to some…)

This year will be different, as we will join from our homes, our own pieces of nature, or from Turku (Finland) where you’re welcome to join. So, bring your own wine and join in the reading of this medieval play written by Hrotsvit of Gandersheim.

Play_Wine

Circle 3: Schedule Tuesday 28 July 2020

All times in CET

08:00 – 09:00 Morning Coffee – Join for informal opening of the day

10:00 – 12:00 Lecture: Grassroot Comics – in collaboration with circle 9 (more info will follow)

Me_WhiteREADING

12:00 – 13:30 Reading & Journaling circle: book ‘Me & White Supremacy’ (session 1)

Join us for the start of a reading and journaling circle around the book ‘Me and White Supremacy’ (sign up to receive the book!)

Post-Capit

19:00 – 22:00 Post-capitalisty futures: a covid reading and drawing group

Join in a session of this UK-based group that uses creative and playful means to imagine radical alternatives to the capitalist economy. They draw from
texts in feminist philosophy, feminist economics and reflections from activist groups.

Circle 3: Schedule Monday 27 July 2020

All times in CET

09:30 – 11:00 Opening session

12:00 – 13:30 Singlehood & Companionship (session 1)

The increased number of singles has invoked public discussions worldwide. Geopolitical, economic, and socio-cultural contexts influence the ways singlehood are perceived and experienced. Join one of or all three discussions on pre-assigned texts around singlehood.

16:30 – 18:00 Walk with Octavia E. Butler (session 1)

What does it mean to be human? A great way to explore this question is through science fiction. And what better author to read, then Octavia E. Butler (1947-2006), whose work we will read together on Zoom, while each walking in our own worlds.

Butler Monday

Circle 3: Opening Session Summer Session 2020

Monday 27 July 2020 9:30 – 11:00 CET (on Zoom)

Sign up by emailing hospitality.solidarity@gmail.com to let us know you’ll be part of the circle 3 summer session!

If you sign up, you will receive the Zoom-link & the preliminary paper by Inger before the session. Read the abstract of Inger’s paper here.

Program of the opening:

  • introducing the circle work, NSU and each other!
  • introducing the program of the week
  • choosing delegates for the NSU General Assembly that takes place during the summer session (yes, you can be part of the decision making process of NSU!)
  • answering questions
  • a paper presentation by Inger Nørgård on: ‘You get Help, we get Data! Changes within the Registration of Social Help in Private and Public Communities 1890-2015.’

Contact the organisers through hospitality.solidarity@gmail.com to get the link.

Read more about the full program of circle 3 summer session 2020 on their website.

CALL FOR ‘FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY’ TRACES

As part of our re-designed 2020 summer session, the Nordic Summer University invites suggestions for online or small local gatherings on the themes of Feminist Philosophy – Solidarity and Hospitality. Each event should produce a trace which can be shared with the larger community: NSU’s feminist philosophy circle, our eight other multi-disciplinary study circles, and the wider members of the oldest nomadic Nordic university of its kind (read more about the history of NSU here!).

Grants are available for creating the event and its trace. Up to six traces to be given a grant of 7000 Danish Krones, selected by the Feminist Philosophy circle. Traces can be made individually or together with other participants.

What is a trace?

Traces could be: online workshops; local meetings; an online panel discussion of papers; a reading or performance; a shared of meal or walk together (considering the appropriate manner of physical interaction that is possible in the time and place where you are situated); presenting a piece of art, or another creative shared activity. You can also apply with more traditional forms of conference presentation, but we encourage you to choose a format that still allows a trace of your presentation: a workshop, experiment, exercise, or interactive dialogue; something that allows sharing.

The trace of your event with NSU needs to be:

●  produced by a single individual or group of participants.
●  sharable and open to all during the Summer Session time frame
●  fitting to NSU’s overall goals, aims and vision.
●  related to the circle’s theme – which you can read more about here
●  created with its main language English or a Scandinavian or Baltic language. ●  those who ultimately make the trace must be a member of NSU (this requires paying a small membership fee & participating in the democratic forum of NSU
●  the team or individual creating a trace needs to provide some promotion material considered as an INVITATION to the trace, before the Summer Session in July: picture & 200-500 words.
●  those who make a trace need to provide a brief report of the trace to their coordinator (the form will be provided by Board, including amount of participants, goals, etc) after the trace has been produced.

What is this year’s theme of the Circle?

Solidarity and Hospitality

The question of what defines the human being and humanism are recurring themes in the history of ideas, philosophy and theology. Historically the human being has been defined in relation to God, to animals and to the material world. Human centered reasoning can be found in Ancient Greece, most notably in the words of pre-Socratic philosopher Protagoras, who claimed that ”man is the measure of all things”. In an essay on education, Renaissance humanist Erasmus of Rotterdam wrote that ”man is certainly not born, but made man”. In the debates about humanism in 20th century European philosophy, humanism became the occasion to protect and defend humans from powers and processes that tear them apart, sometimes threatening to annihilate humanity altogether. Since then, the intellectual strands of post-humanism and trans-humanism have taken the project of decentering the human even further. For feminists, the tradition of humanism constitutes a challenge. If “what is proper to man” is attributed only to elite Western men, then humanism “functions ideologically to justify exploitation and oppression” (Kruks: 2012: 21). Nonetheless, the question of the human being and the values of humanism cannot be jettisoned as such. During this sympodium, we will focus on the intersections between feminist theory, humanism and posthumanism. What does the legacy of humanism mean for feminists today? How should the concepts of woman and man be understood in relation to the concept of the human? Where is the human today? What does it mean to be human today?

How do I apply?

Please send in proposals for a trace, which can include a paper, presentation, workshop or other type of experiment by May 31st, 2020, to:

hospitality.solidarity@gmail.com.

Please indicate what format of presentation you are interested in, and how you envision the resulting trace that can be shared with other participants in virtual or other manner. Please also send in a short bio (5-10 lines) we can share with all participants beforehand. You are also welcome to participate without giving a presentation.

Offering grants to create traces

Several grants will be made available for individuals or groups organising the production of a trace in collaboration with the other participants. If you would like to apply for a grant to create a trace that can celebrate the NSU spirit throughout the world, please let us know when you send in your application. As always, NSU is particularly interested in supporting people who are at the outskirts of the Nordic region – the Baltic and West-Nordic communities as well as those with special needs. So please do inform us if your application of a trace grant falls under the regional support or if the pandemic has had particular financial consequences to you. There is only a limited amount of grants available per circle, the deadline to apply is May 30th, 2020. When you are offered a grant to produce a trace, you will need to respond by email to accept the grant, otherwise it will be offered to the next person on the list.

I still need inspiration…

To celebrate 70 years of NSU’s activism and scholarship, in 2019 we embarked upon a series of arts-research projects which reflected the history of NSU and wider expressions of ‘Nordic’ values. One of our original proposal ideas for artists told the story of the feminist organising which characterised NSU’s early days – you can read more about it here.

One of our ten arts-research projects uses a chain of letters between female contemporary Nordic writers to performatively explore relations between feministic traditions of NSU and the situation of women in the Nordic countries today. You can read more about that work, by Hild Borchgrevink, here, and read some of the letters (in Nordic languages) here.

You can also follow the Feminist Philosophy circle here on Facebook.